Short course and Workshop
Tuesday June 5th 9:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday June 6th 8:45am - 3:15pm
114 and 116 Higgins Labs
WPI - Main Campus
Axiomatic Design, developed by Prof. Nam Suh at MIT in the late 70s, establishes engineering design as a scientific discipline. It provides, in theory and in practice, the most effective method to finding the best, and most innovative, creative and robust design solutions.
Products, processes, organizations, and systems all are designed. Design methods, whether conscious or intuitive, influence the quality of design solutions and the effectiveness of their development. AD provides an overarching structure, method and theory into which other design methods and tools can be incorporated. It also provides a clear value chain from customer needs to manufacturing.
This course covers some of the latest advances in practical applications, with a foundation of basics and theory. It is intended for engineers, scientists, technicians, students, teachers, professors, and managers. Participants will learn how to start using AD, while experienced users can learn how to teach AD improve their design thinking and methods.
Day one, June 5th, is basic and mostly qualitative. Day two, June 6th, is more advanced and quantitative. Drafting and CAD software are not covered.
In the workshop portion, participants can present their design problems, research, and solutions for discussion and review. Everyone participates in structured design reviews during the workshop and learns how to evaluate valued added during design reviews.